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Rabbi Chuck Briskin
April 25, 2003

Will Rogers was famous for saying, "All I know is just what I read in the papers." Consider what we'd know from reading the papers recently. An airline CEO--former CEO--tricks poorly paid flight attendants into taking pay cuts while protecting lavish benefits packages for his top executives.  A top investment banker, not long ago the darling of Silicon Valley, is charged with obstruction of Justice, destroying documents that might reveal a paper trail of fraud and deception. A clean-cut, all-American young man is charged with murdering his pregnant wife and dumping the body in the bay. A teenage driver...

Rabbi Janet Marder
April 19, 2003

Listen to a story. A young man imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II is one day taken from his labor brigade into a hospital room. There, lying in bed, is a man who identifies himself as Karl, a Nazi soldier who has requested his presence. Karl gives the young man a gruesome account of his crimes during the war - the torture and murder of hundreds of Jews, including the killing of one family with a small child. Now mortally wounded and close to death, Karl wants to gain absolution for his deeds.

He tells the young...

Rabbi Janet Marder
March 29, 2003

Kos Y'shuot Esa: I Will Lift Up the Cup of Salvation

They were all together - all the great sages and teachers of Jewish history, gathered in theyeshiva shel ma'alah - or perhaps it was at a rabbinic convention somewhere in the Twilight Zone. Their attention was focused this night on events transpiring far below, in a small but self-important city on the Potomac, in a hotel whose very name suggests the all-encompassing and universal: Omni, it was called.

There our Sages witnessed the changing of the guard at the CCAR, and, as is usually the case with rabbis, they...

Rabbi Janet Marder
March 16, 2003

She was beautiful. That was the first thing people noticed about her. She was, as they say, a feast for the eyes – so spectacular she took your breath away. In all her moods, stormy or bright, she was a radiant presence – full of vivid color and light, intensely alive. You wanted to be near her.

The next thing you noticed was her smile, so full of affection and humor and the sheer joy of being. Some beauties are remote and distant, intimidating in their perfection; but she was down to earth and touchable. She was a hugger, always...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
March 14, 2003

Let me tell you a joke:

On the Upper West Side of Manhattan lived an assimilated Jew who was a militant atheist. But he sent his son to Trinity School because, despite its denominational roots, it was a great school, and completely secular. After a month, the boy came home from school one day and said casually, "By the way Dad, do you know what Trinity means? It means the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." The father could barely control his rage. He seized his son by the shoulders and declared, "Danny, I'm going to tell you something...

Rabbi Janet Marder
March 7, 2003

Last May the following obituary appeared: “Suzanne Bloch, 94 years old. Born in Geneva in 1907, she moved with her family to New York in 1916 when her father, Ernest Bloch, began a series of conducting and teaching posts…Ms. Bloch often played chamber music with prominent scientists. One participant was Albert Einstein, who sometimes irritated the other musicians by not coming in on the beat. ‘He couldn’t count,’ Ms. Bloch once said.” [The American Organist, May 2000]

That’s sort of comforting, isn’t it? Albert Einstein couldn’t count. He always came in late on the beat. His playing was...

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